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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Newsagents across Cumbria support our Christmas Toy Appeal

Newsagents across Cumbria are backing the News & Star Christmas Toy Appeal.

Mike Mitchelson photo
Mike Mitchelson

Posters are going up in shops and supermarkets from Egremont to Dumfries as a county-wide effort begins to make sure no child is left empty handed this Christmas.

Members of the National Federation of Retail Newsagents are supporting the appeal, launched on Tuesday in conjunction with Cash For Kids Mission Christmas.

Mike Mitchelson, who owns two shops that will be collection points in Brampton, is secretary of the Federation’s Cumbrian branch.

He said: “This is an important worthwhile cause. A lot of people across the region will have hard times this Christmas and lots of children wouldn’t get presents if it weren’t for appeals like this.

“By supporting the Christmas Toy Appeal, we’ll be able to make Christmas better for lots of children.

“Newsagents across Cumbria are allowing their shops to be used as collection points and I’ll personally be donating toys.”

Toys can be left anywhere you see a special appeal poster displayed.

We want new, unwrapped toys; selection boxes; tins and boxes of sweets; books and games so that boys and girls of any age can be sure of a surprise this Christmas.

Donations can also be dropped off at the News & Star offices in Dalston Road and Bank Street, Carlisle and at the receptions at the town centre offices of The Whitehaven News and the Workington Times & Star.

Mr Mitchelson added: “It’s more important than ever to support an appeal like this. We need to think of those who are in less fortunate circumstances.

“People don’t have to spend a lot of money, even small presents can bring happiness to children.”

Keep an eye on the paper and on our website www.newsandstar.co.uk for updates on further Toy Appeal collection points. We’ll also be giving regular updates on the progress of the appeal and on the heartrending situations of some of the children who live in hope of a visit from Santa’s sleigh.

The last day for drop-offs is Saturday, December 15.

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